Thomas Schaller

Thomas F. Schaller is an associate professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and author of Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South.

Recent Articles

WHO'S YOUR DADDY?

Barack Obama gave a great, Father’s Day-themed speech yesterday. Parts of it were politically easy, such as his entreaties about parental responsibility; you could easily imagine some of the words coming from the pen of conservative culture warriors.

EARLY POLL SIGNIFICANCE (IF ANY)

National polls as charted here by Real Clear Politics show Barack Obama holding a consistent if small lead in head-to-head pairings against John McCain. In the 19 most current polls going back to the beginning of May, Obama was ahead in 18 and tied in the 19th. Going further back to the beginning of April he led in 29 polls, was tied in five, with McCain leading in just three.

A THIRD BUSH-CHENEY TERM (EMPHASIS ON CHENEY)

Holy smokes: Why is Barack Obama under-selling the notion of “Bush’s third term” when he rightly can and should be selling it as a third “Bush-Cheney term”?!

Go read this post from Matt Corley at Think Progress for all the frightening details.

--Tom Schaller

SWING 'EM HOME

Oh, this video about President Bush's golf sacrifice for the troops is simply too precious not to send along. (Hat tip to my friend Oliver Griswold for alerting me to it. Warning: There are a coupla naughty words in there.)

--Tom Schaller

WHITE HAT LOBBYIST MAKES GOOD (AND REPS BONO!)

I’m biased because I’ve known Tom Sheridan for a few years now and, by sheer coincidence, I happened to be having dinner with him, his partner (who is my real estate agent) and his cousin last night when this profile of him first posted on The Hill’s website. But there's no denying that the progressive lobbyist truly is one of the good guys. The Sheridan Group he founded and heads is one of the best white-hat firms in town.

As Roxana Tiron points out, Sheridan represents Bono which, I’ll grant, is pretty damn cool. But Sheridan’s day-to-day political life is far less glamorous:

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